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Governor stresses on sympathetic human approach to children
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Jun. 2009 1:05 AM IST
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State governor, K. Sankaranarayanan Thursday accentuated that children should be dealt with sympathetic human approach. He called upon parents, civil societies and the community to support the law in ensuring children their rights. “The future that we want our society to be like; depends to a great extent on the way we nurture, care, mould and bring up our children” the Governor said. Addressing the North East Zonal Committee meeting of Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) at Hotel Japfü, the Governor stated that India was one of the biggest democratic countries in the world, but it was distressed with the menace of child labour and dowry system. Highlighting a report, the governor apprised that more than three crores of children from 0-6 years in India had no access to basic health care and education and that India had the world’s largest number of underweight children as well as child labourers. He reiterated the need for humanitarian care towards children, especially from less privileged section of the society. He also advocated that parents should not differentiate children on gender basis. While stating that the welfare state had always been alive to the burning issue of acute deprivation and distress that exist among the children, the governor also asserted the need to question and introspect one’s commitment and service when the society is confronted with unpleasant situation of a large number of children living sub human lives. Guest of honour for the programme, Gita Siddhartha, president, ICCW, New Delhi, said that the purpose of the meeting was to accelerate initiative to help and motivate children in need. She asserted “if we do not provide for their care, we do not provide for India”. She called upon the gathering to identify new challenges in partnership with the government and fulfill the dream of the nation to meet the needs of children. Gita Siddhartha also expressed hope that the country would make children the centre of focus, and ensure protection of their rights and quality education to them. Highlighting some of the objectives of the ICCW, Siddhartha stated that the council ensures reduction of malnutrition and child mortality rate, provides access to basic education, empowers the girl child, stops female infanticide, child protection, etc. Parliamentary secretary, Social Welfare and Women Development, Chotisüh Sazo, who also spoke at the programme, said that there was a lot of child abuse cases in the state due to poverty and HIV and AIDS related deaths wherein orphaned children fall into the prey of domestic labour, flesh trade, etc. While mentioning that the government had legislations to protect children from being exploited, Sazo stated that many children continue to live in a poor state. He expressed hope that the Nagaland Council for Child Welfare would actively participate in the state to realize the rights of children. Highlights of the programme included songs presented by Toshinaro, Naga Idol, and women folk. The programme was attended by delegates from all states of the north east region.

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